How to Bring “Healing with Nature” into your Living Space

Tessence of the Japanese garden – the concept of healing with nature – can be cultivated in your everyday living space. Add a few garden elements such as a lantern or stepping stones. Create your garden in a small space between buildings or walls to reduce it to human scale. Rearranging the placement of materials or simplifying the composition of the garden will strengthen your imagination and invite meditation.  As landscape and architecture merge, they make music together to harmonize your living space. 

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 When we talk about Japanese gardens, people often think of the famous gardens at temples in Kyoto.  These gardens have a long history. They have been established and refined for generations.  People think it’s only possible to experience that space in that particular climate.

 

But Japanese gardens can be realized in environments far from Japan, even in tropical climates.  The essence of the Japanese garden – the concept of healing with nature – can be cultivated in your everyday living space.

 

First, instead of leaving the garden as a wide-open green space, add a few garden elements such as a lantern or stepping stones.  This creates enclosed but transparent space in the garden and emphasizes through contrast how we live with nature.  Creating your garden in a small space between buildings or walls will bring it into your living space by reducing it to human scale.

 

You may have noticed that hardscape such as stones, pebbles or boulders are often used in Zen gardens to imply oceans, rivers, islands or mountains.  Rearranging the placement of materials or simplifying the composition of the garden will strengthen your imagination.  Simplicity of design will also invite meditation.

 

The harmony between plant materials and hardscape in a Japanese garden heals the mind; its rhythm reminds us that this balance is important in our lives.  As landscape and architecture merge, they make music together to harmonize your living space.